THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS By Fr. Abe Arganiosa

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THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS

By Rev. Fr. Abe P. Arganiosa

  • An article published in Parish Bulletin for the Month of September 2015.

Every 14th of September we celebrate the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross which is important for its historical significance.

After Constantine assumed the imperial throne the persecution of Catholics ended. The Church was recognized as one of the authorized religions and the baptized became free to practice the faith; no longer threatened by imprisonment and tortures, such as being fed to the lions, beheaded or burned alive at the stake. The Pagan Rome was finally defeated by the Blood of the Martyrs and the Miracle of the Cross. This occurred prior to the Battle of Melvian Bridge, wherein Constantine saw the image of a shining Cross on the sky with inscription: ‘In hoc signo vinces’ [By this sign thou shalt conquer]. He ordered that crosses be put on soldiers’ shields and armors and eventually he won over Maxentius and reunified the Empire. As an act of gratitude to the Lord Jesus, his pious mother St. Helena, went to Jerusalem and searched for the true Cross. When it was found, the Emperor himself rushed to pay homage, walking barefooted and kissing it with reverence. By such an act Jesus was hailed the Victorious King over the pagan persecutors. For two millennia since then until the fall of the Berlin Wall in Eastern Europe the Cross shines as beacon of Hope for the Church:Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat! [Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler, Christ Jesus Lord and Redeemer!]

Moreover, this Feast is important for doctrinal reasons as well. For us Catholics the one who died on the Cross is no ordinary human being but God incarnate: “Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross.” [Phil 2:6-8 DRB]. The Cross then gave us the ultimate Sacrifice of Jesus our God; for that it depicts ‘the greatest love of all’. It measured the love of God for us and it was absolute and total oblation. By His death on the Cross the Lord Jesus gave us the victory in the ultimate War of all: The Triumph over Satan, Sin and Death all at once in single masterstroke [Rev 12:11]. Evil was vanquished by Good, Pride was shattered by Humility and Rebellion was corrected by Obedience of the Paschal Lamb [Rev 5:5-6]. Because the Lord saved us through the Cross [Col 1:20] it has become for us the very emblem of Salvation [Eph 2:16].

Thus, we refer to the Cross as the Tree of Life whose fruit is everlasting life: “for behold, because of the wood of a tree joy has come to the whole world” we declare on Good Friday. Then three times our Priest raises the Crucifix on high while singing: “This is the wood of the Cross on which is hung our Salvation. O come let us adore” and the congregation responses with kneeling, an act of Latria[Adoration] to the God who was crucified for our sins [Heb 12:2]. This solemn and touching Exultation of the Cross every Good Friday and the annual celebration of this Feast of the Triumph of the Cross are actually the fulfillment of the Divine Prophecy given by the Lord Himself: ‘And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all things to myself’ [Jn 12:32] and ‘They shall look on him whom they pierced’ [Jn 19:37]. Thus, we behold the Cross of the Lord Jesus day after day on top of our Church and we have placed it prominently in each of our altars. We seal our bodies with it and all prayers begins and ends by its sign. Together with St. Paul we declare: “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world” [Gal 6:14].

Totoo bang walang Sign of X (Cross) sa loob ng Bible?

Totoo bang walang Sign of X (Cross) sa loob ng Bible?

Ni Bro. Cielbert A. Dondoyano, Sr., 

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Totoo bang walang sign of X (cross) sa loob ng Bible?

Ezekiel 9:4-6 New International Version (NIV)

4 and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a MARK on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.”
5 As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. 6 Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the MARK. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.

Tanong: Ano ba ang hugis sa sinabing MARK o MARKA sa mga talata ng bibliya sa itaas?

Ezekiel 9:4-6 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

4 and the LORD said to him:[a] Pass through the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and mark an X on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the abominations practiced within it. 5 To the others he said in my hearing: Pass through the city after him and strike! Do not let your eyes spare; do not take pity. 6 Old and young, male and female, women and children—wipe them out! But do not touch anyone marked with the X. Begin at my sanctuary. So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.

Footnotes:
a. 9:4 Ezekiel emphasizes personal accountability; the innocent inhabitants of Jerusalem are spared while the idolatrous are punished. An X: lit., the Hebrew letter taw.

Ezekiel 9:4-6 New Jerusalem Bible (NJB)

4 and Yahweh said to him, ‘Go all through the city, all through Jerusalem, and mark a CROSS on the foreheads of all who grieve and lament over all the loathsome practices in it.’

5 I heard him say to the others, ‘Follow him through the city and strike. Not one glance of pity; show no mercy;

6 old men, young men, girls, children, women, kill and exterminate them all. But do not touch anyone with a CROSS on his forehead. Begin at my sanctuary.’ So they began with the old men who were in the Temple.
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1 Corinthians 1:18 New International Version (NIV)
Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Galatians 6:14 New International Version (NIV)

14 “May I never boast except in the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”
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Ang dahilan daw na tinalikuran ng mga hindi katoliko ang pag-tatanda ng krus o sign of cross, ay dahil daw, hindi daw mababasa letra por letra sa bibliya ang pagsa sign of cross.

Subalit ang tanong ay ganito. Ibig ba sasabihin nila na lahat ng mga ginagawa ng mga unang kristiano ay nasusulat sa bibliya?

Pagmasdan muna ang mga talata ng bibliya na ito:

John 21:25 New International Version (NIV)

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

2 Thessalonians 2:15 New International Version (NIV)

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings[a] we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

Footnotes:
a. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 Or traditions

Komentong Tanong:

Kung hindi pala nasusulat lahat ang mga ginagawa at mga aral ng mga unang kristiano sa bibliya, papaano naseseguro nila, na wala ngang sign of cross ang mga unang kristiano?
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Kung halimbawa, wala nga sa bibliya ang pag sign of cross. Papahintulotan ba ng Dios ang tunay niyang simbahan o iglesia na gagawin itong sign o tanda ng kristianismo?

Matthew 18:18 Good News Translation (GNT)

Prohibiting and Permitting
18 “And so I tell all of you (The Church): what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.

Komento: Basi sa talata ng bibliya na iyan, papahintulotan ito ng Dios sa langit.